Fire service to improve community links

FIRE crews in Suffolk will be looking to improve communication with migrants and students next year as part of actions to improve the service's overall performance.

FIRE crews in Suffolk will be looking to improve communication with migrants and students next year as part of actions to improve the service's overall performance.

The proposals form part of the county's Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which residents across Suffolk are being asked to comment on today.

Every fire authority in the country has to produce an IRMP and Suffolk's focuses on improved working with the community and a drive to reduce deaths on the county's roads.

It includes plans to target resources to improve work with migrant workers and travellers, as well as improved community safety work with youngsters.

Richard Hewitt, deputy chief fire officer said: “This process is about creating a safer county for all of us.

“Preventing fires and accidents saves more lives than fighting fires. So we are putting community safety at the heart of our work.

Most Read

“This is Suffolk's plan, written specifically to address the issues we face here in our county. We want as many people to comment on the plan as possible, so we can be sure that we are focusing on the needs of the community we serve.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look at our website or pick up a plan in their library and let us know what they think.”

Consultation events are planned across the county over the coming weeks and copies of the action plan have been sent to various organisations, including parish councils, chambers of commerce and community groups.

The proposals also include plans to introduce a Road Safety Centre and to refurbish and replace some fire stations, including the Colchester Road station in Ipswich.

Booklets explaining the plan are available at the Colchester Road station and at libraries.

The plan can also be viewed at the county council website: www.suffolk.gov.uk/PolicingAndPublicSafety/FireAndRescueServices.

To comment write to: IRMP Consultation, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Suffolk County Council, FREEPOST NAT 18364, Ipswich IP1 2BR, e-mail irmp.consultation@fire.suffolkcc.gov.uk or telephone 01473 588888.

The closing date for comment is Friday, September 29.

What do you think of the plan? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter